Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Music Video Finale


My teammate for the music video is Ella Beck. Ella is very creative and energetic, she is gonna be the one lip singing in the video since I like to be more behind the scenes. We chose the song "Something Just Like This" by the chainsmokers and Coldplay. We had a variety of songs to choose from but, this certain song matched more towards what we wanted to film. We are excited and a bit nervous to do this project but we think that it would turn out great because, all that really matters is if we had fun while doing this project and the effort we will put into it. We only have two people in our music video team which is me and Ella, we're planning on having some of our friends participate in our video even if they aren't in this class to make it more fun and easier to film.


We created a fun and light hearted story line. Basically it's about two girls having fun and enjoying an adventure to the lyrics "I want something just like this". We basically are gonna have a bunch of story line and only a bit of lip-synch because we think that it would look best like this. This story relates to the song because it's about me and Ella having fun and wanting something just like this. Ella and I both like this song very much and we are gonna film at her house and mine since we can film in the mountain at Ella's house and the valley at mine. Again our story line is about us explaining and acting out the lyrics basically.


This Music Video doesn't showcase our best work because we were rushing basically the whole time and we couldn't meet up to film both of us since Ella lives in Hanalei and I live in Kapaa. It takes over an hour to drive from my house to hers so we couldn't find a lot of time to do anything so basically we just filmed on our own and at school. I think that if we had a little bit more time we would have been able to finish but that would be impossible since it's due 4 days before school ends. If we had started the project earlier then we might have had much more time to meet up since we are so busy during the weekend with homework and sports. Overall I think that it turned out pretty well and it was fun excluding all the stress involved in it, but that is like all projects they all have stress. Although some people due their best work under stress.


Something Just Like This
Coldplay & Chainsmokers

I've been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
Achilles and his gold
Hercules and his gifts
Spiderman's control
And Batman with his fists
And clearly I don't see myself upon that list

But she said, where'd you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I'm not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss

I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo
Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo
Oh, I want something just like this
I want something just like this

I've been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
The testaments they told
The moon and its eclipse
And Superman unrolls
A suit before he lifts
But I'm not the kind of person that it fits

She said, where'd you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I'm not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can miss

I want something just like this
I want something just like this

Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo, 
Oh, I want something just like this
Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo, 

Where'd you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I'm not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss
I want something just like this

Monday, April 10, 2017

Movie Trailer Premier


P1T1_Find Me from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.


Our new project is movie trailers and the people in my team are Ella Beck, Sophia Gregory, and Denae Sacramed. Our trailer is about a girl and her friend playing an average game of hide and seek that turns into the mystery of her lost friend. When her friend disappears, she searches for her everywhere. No matter how hard she tries she can't find her anywhere. While she's searching for her friend she finds another girl who turns out to be a ghost. This mysterious girl only has the desire to lead the girls astray. She succeeded with Denae, will she do the same for Ella. 


Our biggest challenge was getting everyone to meet up since everyone lived on the east side and Ella's house was on the north shore. BTW we were meeting at Ella's house to film on the farm :) When we all got down to the North, we got ready to film right away. While we filmed we got a couple of cool shots like in the last part when she's spinning and everywhere around her is kind of blurred and Ella is in focus. Some other successes that we had was getting everything filmed within a couple of hours since it wasn't that hard. We had a lot of fun and a couple of funny incidents like when my phone overheated and it wasn't working until it cooled down. It literally said "this iPhone needs to cool down soon, it will not work until then." I completely freaked out and almost dropped it on our way back, but it was all fun.


Our critique results were actually pretty good and we didn't need to fix much (according to the polls). I designed one of the movie poster which I posted right here ->     My favorite part of this project was designing the poster. If you look closely, Ella's face is black and white and I made her eyes colored instead of the black and white filter. Denae, Sophia, and Ella edited the actual trailer while I did the poster. Denae also made one.
  Throughout the process of this project I learned that when you put your heart into something it can make the experience even better. Even if you didn't make a good trailer, it's your work ethic that counts.







Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Metamorphosis Animation

P1T6 Metamorphosis from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.


The project goal is to create an unrealistic and unique type of animation and making the story interesting in a different way. We want to make the story almost come alive no matter which topic we picked, we want it to be pulling you into the story and interest people to where they actually want to watch it over and over again. Some animation types we wanted to use were stop motion, stykz, 3D animation, and maybe even some hand drawn things in photoshop. When we start to animate things everyone in our group or team will work on individual scenes and we plan on starting early animation so we have more time to perfect things and make them to the best quality that it can be.


So the focus statement is that sometimes you need to find your own adventure to be happy and sometimes you need to fall to get back up. In our first scene our character is an egg and his name is eggbert. Eggbert is sitting in his nest thinking about adventure and what fun 
he could have exploring. As he's sitting there thinking about adventure it starts to rain and the nest becomes slippery. he starts to roll around with the wind and rain and he eventually falls out of the nest. Eggbert floats down the river and finds an island, when he tries to get onto the island he runs into some rocks. When he hits the rocks the boat splinters and the sail flies off and it changes and turns into a bird which explores the island and Eggbert finds his adventure. 



These is the story board for my teams animation project and it turned 
out better than I thought. I think that maybe we could have added some voice overs in the video but that's okay because I think you can still grasp the message and story of our animation even without any voice overs but we do have some foley (sound effects) and we have some music to. As you can see above I added our video so you can watch it to. When working with my team we had some struggles but we came through at the end. The hardest part was animating in photoshop with all the little details we needed to add, but the drawings worked and I couldn't think of anything else we should add into the drawings. Overall this project was fun and a little stressful but it was a good group experience to work with new people and find out their strengths and weaknesses ;)  

  



Friday, October 28, 2016

Geometric Portraits





I believe facial expressions are universal because when your sad or even happy anyone who really pays attention can understand how your feeling through facial expressions. Another reason why facial expressions are universal is because everyone has facial expressions so that is one fact to yes facial expressions are universal. Everyone has facial expressions and if you don't or didn't have facial expressions that would be weird because it would be like not having a face at all and that's weird. Lastly facial expressions are universal because in picture you always see someone smiling unless their Scrooge or something and smiling is a facial expression of happiness so HA facial expressions are universal ;)

Step by step process to making a low poly portrait:

- take a picture of someone or yourself
- import that picture into finder or google drive
- open a document in photoshop
- open the photo also in photoshop
- pick one half of your face to work on or you can do both sides
- start with the line tool to create triangles all over the face
- no random shapes you want to make it look nice and neat
- lock the original photo and make a copy of it in case you mess up
- once you finish the triangles go to FILTER>BLUR>AVERAGE
- this will blend the photo in order to make a low poly project
- Instead of going to FILTER>BLUR>AVERAGE every time you need to fill a triangle you can just press command "F"

The easy way is okay but it isn't really like a low poly portrait because one it doesn't look like you and it isn't as fun unlike creating one with a picture that you took. The experience in making a low poly portrait is what counts and it looks like a lot of work and don't get me wrong it is but when you put effort into creating something it turns out really well and you can be proud that you made it. So when I'm looking at my poly-1 and poly-2 you can definitely tell which I did first and I think they both look pretty neat since it's the first time I did anything like this and it's really fun! I think the Low Poly-2 came out better because we got to add all these effects that make the picture look really cool instead of making them all bland and like just an average color fill instead of picking the color you want to put in each triangle or polygonal shape. The hardest part for me in both projects were trying not to have any spaces between the triangle that aren't filled in and if I saw the tiniest space I would like freak out and have a mental break down and I would have to go through and make all the triangles match together. Sadly I ran out of time because of the fact I was over obsessing over little things and I ended up having to rush and finish other parts of the face and it didn't turn out as well because I didn't save enough time to finish it to my best quality.  
Low Poly-1 Low LowPoly-2

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Verbal Landscapes



I think that nature effects my life by for one I like drawing and painting and when I see sunrises or sunsets it like gives me inspiration for drawings and things like that. Also I enjoy photography and when I see animals I like to take pictures of them or if there's a nice landscape or flower I have to take a picture then I would go home print them out and I would make them into a picture collage and like hang it on my wall. 

A timelapse is for instance when you take a really long video and you speed it up to where it's going really fast like for a sunset and it completely disappear and it turns all dark outside. And then like me you can go back to school or use your own computer and import into final cut pro and speed up the clip until it's at the desirable speed that you like. Okay, so a Slow mo or slow motion clip is basically in the name. You slow down the clips for instance like when a butterfly flies away or water splashing onto a rock or something simple like rocks dropping into a pond and you slow it down so the clip so you can see every single detail of the water splashing or the fluttering of a butterflies wings. 

For me the hardest part was getting all of the footage on time because I would miss the sunset and sometimes I couldn't find the moon which was a little weird. So I practically spent the whole week being a weirdo trying to find the moon and if you watch my video then you can tell that I was very unsuccessful in filming the moon or stars. My favorite part would probably be filming all the moths/butterflies and the flowers with the little bugs. Another part that was my favorite would be coming back to school and geeking out and just editing all day which if I do say so myself was pretty fun. For most people I don't recommend doing that because most people would most likely tear their hair out by having to sit at a computer all day long in one app. But hey, that's what makes us different. Lastly, I enjoyed filming and going out into nature for this project and I hope we get to do something like this soon ;) 

So for my video only one person gave me a 4 and the rest gave me either a 3, 2 or a 1 which kind of made me feel upset and I mean I know one of my shots we're shaky but it doesn't mean you need to give someone a 1 :( When I was talking with one of my other classmates they told me they graded people on wether they liked them or not, and not by how their video was but by judging someone by their personality which made me think did people not like my video or do they just not like me for well, me. I thought over this for a while and decided it doesn't really matter what others think and what matters is what you think and how you think you did when it comes to projects and things like that what counts is the effort that you put into making your project to make it how you like and what makes you happy ;)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Poetic Personal Statement




I think that poetry is a way for the writer to express how they feel through words that sound alike and different sayings that might sound appealing to the reader. I think that poetry is used for showing how the writer/author feels and it's a way for them to explain some feelings through writing,and to say things they might not be able to say in person. Also, poetry is literary work in which intensity is given through expression and feeling using the distinct style of rhyming and rhythm.



The sun rises and floods the earth with it’s warm touch of light, it’s almost as I’m in mid-flight, bursts of light encase the world with a vibrant flume, surrounding me with it’s sunrise bloom, the whole earth seems peaceful, I easily fall back into a sleep almost like a dream, I feel I’m not in reality it should seem, I sit here and wonder of what to do next,as I seal my eyes for rest


I used rhyming at the ends of most of my sentences to make it sound appealing. I think that if I didn't use the rhyming words my poem wouldn't have any rhythm and it would end up as just sentences and it wouldn't flow like how poems are supposed to. I used rhythm to make my poem flow and almost match each sentence that I typed. Overall, I think that my poem turned out better than I thought and I'm not exactly sure hoe to explain how I used rhythm and rhyme but, when writing a poem you should always try to make it flow and make sense to where the reader can almost relate or you can make your poem almost exaggerated in what really happens but in some cases it makes your poem even better. :)